Tasmania v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, 1st day November 3, 2008

Macdonald takes honours on rain-hit day

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 232 (Klinger 65, Ferguson 65, Macdonald 6-40) v Tasmania

Tim Macdonald's career-best best figures of 6 for 40 helped Tasmania claim the opening day honours at the Bellerive Oval. South Australia, after a poor start, were revived by half-centuries by Michael Klinger and Callum Ferguson before crashing to 232. The Tigers, however, couldn't come out to bat as rain forced an early finish to the day.

Sent in on a lively pitch, the Redbacks were in trouble at 3 for 31, with Macdonald accounting for two of those victims. Younis Khan failed to make an impact as he was bowled by the same bowler for 4. Klinger and Ferguson then steadied the innings with a stand of 118. Both scored 65s and hit 11 fours but Klinger was the more cautious of the pair, facing 146 balls compared to Ferguson's 86.

Just when the Redbacks appeared to be in control, Macdonald removed the pair in quick succession. Ferguson edged to slip before Klinger nicked one to the wicketkeeper five overs later, and it sparked a collapse as they lost seven wickets for 83 runs.

Aaron O'Brien resisted with 41 but the lower order failed to build substantial partnerships with him to revive the innings. Daniel Marsh and Luke Butterworth chipped in with a wicket each before Macdonald trapped Allan Wise lbw to wrap up the innings. Rain intervened and the umpires abandoned play at 5.45pm. If the weather permits, play will start early on the second day, at 10.00am.